Note to self: Don’t overcook. I think part of the reason I wasn’t feeling very bento this week is there was too much food in the refrigerator: too many choices, too many things I felt I HAD to eat before they spoiled, so I opted out of all of them.
That said, I think this turned out nicely for use-it-up and leftovers. In the lower left, meatballs from the freezer (I made them out of the extra filling from stuffed peppers) and sauteed mushrooms. I took leftover mashed potatoes and browned them as a cake in the upper left - they’re topped with more mushrooms. the rest is mostly vegetables - broccoli rolled in ham, sliced tomato with balsamic, pickled cucumbers, carrots and beets. I like the colors and the arrangement - evidently, vertical stripes flatter bentos as well as humans.